Japan seeks F-35 buy

May 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- Japan has asked the United States for four F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take-Off and Landing aircraft with options for 38 more planes.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, it its notification to Congress of the Foreign Military Sale request, said five spare engines would be included in the sale, as well as electronic warfare systems; command, control, communication, computers and intelligence/communication, navigational and identifications systems; and a flight simulation trainer, among other systems, subsystems and documentation.

The estimated value of the sale would be $10 billion.

This proposed sale is consistent with U.S. objectives and with the 1960 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.

"The proposed sale of aircraft and support will augment Japan's operational aircraft inventory and enhance its air-to-air and air-to-ground self-defense capability."

Prime contractors for the sale would be Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Pratt and Whitney Military Engines.

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